This was the question one of you asked me last week. It’s a good one, too.
Until the past year or so I would have shouted, HEAVENS NO! Bookstores simply won’t buy self-published fiction, nor will the libraries (lest it be your home library, if you are menacing enough looking!)
The reason is simple: 95% of it is pretty awful, even if it is properly laid out and the words are spelled correctly. They figure that if the big houses (or any regular publisher, with standards and pride) wouldn’t publish it, there was a good reason.
But now with ancillary publishing–Lulu, CreateSpace, Blurb, Kindle, Smashwords, LSI, and Scribd–and particularly the easy access to their e-publishing, it’s much, much easy easier to get your words in print professionally, not to mention that it costs nothing (or almost nothing). So the gates have opened to getting your fiction shared with the buying public–and the bound versions look good too!
Still, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be good fiction, proofed, readable, well researched, with a plot and characters (even a setting and a time). You will be judged by the product–and the ancillary houses may still find your offering too terrible to inflict on others.
My book, How to Get Your Book Published Free in Minutes and Marketed Worldwide in Days, will be available in early March. I’ll walk you through all the steps to best use the seven ancillary publishers.
In the meantime, if you are planning to foist a novel on the unsuspecting world, take the next few weeks and finish up your manuscript. Then let a grumpy friend read it. If they survive, now is the time to charge through the new gates!